The Marco Island Lakeside Inn is under new management this month after it was purchased by Beachtree Properties on Aug. 5. Lakeside becomes the 11th property of Beachtree which has boutique hotels scattered throughout the United States.
Manager of Beachtree Properties George Joosten has been on Marco Island overseeing updates and making plans to create a cozier Lakeside.
“We like it the way it is and are just going to update a few things now, and as time progresses we will continue that process,” Joosten said.
The plans include painting the exterior of the building and painting all of the rooms. Each living room will be equipped with a new flat screen TV and each bedroom will receive a TV. The property is made up of two buildings. The two story building has one and two bedroom units with living room and kitchen areas. All of these rooms are getting new kitchenettes.
“Most things are in pretty good shape,” Joosten said. “We are going to update the studios, kitchens add the televisions and a fresh coat of paint. We are going to work on the exterior and landscaping a bit and make it a nice presentable place for Marco Island.”
For those unfamiliar with Lakeside Inn, it sits at 155 First Avenue on a quiet, freshwater lake with a sandy, little beach. The Casa Mia Italian Steakhouse is located on the property and is open 7 nights a week from 5 to 9 p.m. with happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. at the full bar.
According to Joosten the Lakeside Inn will fit in nicely with the other properties owned by Beachtree Properties.
“They are all small places like this,” Joosten said. “The smallest has 14 rooms and the largest is 55 rooms.”
The other boutique hotels are located in Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Cape Cod, Mass., Florida and Maryland, all in quaint, vacation areas.
“Each is unique in appearance; they don’t look the same as you go from property to property,” Joosten said. “They don’t have the look of a standard hotel room. They are a little nicer and a little more comfortable with easy access.”
Information on Beachtree Properties is available on their Web sit at www.beachtreeproperties.com and information on Lakeside Inn is available at www.MarcoIslandLakesideInn.com. The Lakeside Inn will be open while the minor updates are made and Joosten says that the upgrades will not inconvenience guests. He anticipates the updates being finished in September.
“For those not looking to stay in the same old place, Beachtree offers an alternative,” Joosten said.